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House OKs Savannah Port Funds

An appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives includes $588,000 in construction funds for the Army Corps of Engineers to advance the deepening of the Savannah Harbor. Officials said the shift from planning to implementation is critical for keeping the project on schedule.

Bill Would Remove Gun Background Check

Gun owners would not submit fingerprints or go through background checks under a proposed bill. But critics say the measure would jeopardize public safety.

Court Won't Delay Immigration Law Hearing

A federal appeals court in Atlanta has denied requests by Georgia and Alabama to delay action on legal challenges to their tough new laws targeting illegal immigration pending the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on a similar challenge to Arizona's immigration law.

Loggers Want Heavier Trucks

Logging trucks on Georgia’s state and local roads could soon be two tons heavier. Lawmakers will consider a bill when the General Assembly convenes in January to increase the weight limit for trucks hauling forest products or poultry.

Drug Programs Could Close

Among the potential casualties of budget cutting in Washington are programs in Georgia that help women break their drug addiction and find work. The programs have helped thousands of Georgia women, but Congress has not provided more than $20 million the state uses to fund them

Judge To Resign Amid Ethics Probe

A Southeast Georgia judge accused of misconduct is resigning. Glynn County Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams ran the state's largest drug court but came under investigation for tyrannical behavior. The state's judicial watchdog agency accused the judge of jailing inmates indefinitely, giving preferential treatment and violating her oath of office.

Savannah Port To Compete For Funds

Georgia and South Carolina lawmakers are applauding a deal to fund new East Coast port projects. Congress approved $460 million in port spending as part of a larger deal on the federal budget. But the deal doesn't mean Savannah's harbor deepening is automatically funded. Congress is making the ports compete for the money.

Groups Challenge Coal Plant

The Southern Environmental Law Center and GreenLaw have filed a challenge to the air permit for a proposed coal-fired power plant in Sandersville. The state's Environmental Protection Division re-issued the permit for Plant Washington last month after issues identified by a judge were addressed.

Tea Party Targets Some Republicans

Georgia Tea Party groups are gearing up for the 2012 election by identifying state Republicans whom they say aren’t fiscally conservative. The groups are targeting House Speaker David Ralston and other prominent lawmakers.

State Settles Indigent Defense Suit

The Southern Center for Human Rights says a settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit involving appeals by indigent Georgia defendants. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in 2009 were calling for the state to make changes to make sure hundreds of defendants have lawyers to represent them in their appeals.

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